A police officer in the area told URN on condition of anonymity that Oumo got angry when he saw his wife riding with the deceased on a bike and mobilized his relatives and friends to lynch him.
Tension is high between the Iteso and Karimojong communities in Apeitolim in Napak
district. It all started after group of Iteso lynched unidentified Karimojong
on Sunday on allegations of infidelity.
The Karimojong man was accused of being involved in an extra marital affair with the spouse of
Martin Oumo, a resident of the same area.
A police officer in the area
told URN on condition of anonymity that Oumo got angry when he saw his wife riding
with the deceased on a bike and mobilized his relatives and friends to lynch
According to the
officer, Karimojongs decided to avenge the death of their colleague torched at
least 24 thatched huts belonging to the Teso community causing the death of an
This triggered tension between the two community members who have been
living peacefully since 2010.
It took the
intervention of police and the military to calm down the situation and arrest
20 suspects. Sam Lowal, the former area LC 3 chairperson, said the suspects are
locked up at Kangole Police Station.
Joyce Acan, a resident of the area told URN on phone that she
now lives in fear because of the tension between the two communities.
receiving death threats day and night since the death of locals in this area.
We are homeless and we ask the government to restore order here immediately if
they delay more people could be killed in revenge attacks,” said Acan.
The Mt. Moroto Region Police Commander, Gerald Twishime
Byensi confirmed the incident but declined to give details citing security
In 2017, more than 30 huts were burned at Alekilek at
Napak - Amuria border due to a land conflict between the two communities.